princessofmarsIn the never-ending JOHN CARTER OF MARS watch, some very thrilling news: novelist Michael Chabon has been brought in to work on the script. The long-gestating project landed at Pixar after kicking around Hollywood for a few decades, and Andrew “FINDING NEMO” Stanton has been working on a script for a while. Chabon, who in addition to having the crazy eyes, also edited a Pulp issue of McSweeney’s told a website:

“I’ve been hired to do some revisions to an already strong script by Andrew Stanton and Mark Andrews,” Chabon said. “I wrote my original screenplay The Martian Agent back in 1995 because I wished I could do [Edgar Rice] Burroughs’s Barsoom. So this is pretty much a dream come true for me.”


Chabon also wrote a draft of the script for SPIDER-MAN 2. We’re pretty confident that if anyone understands Woola, he does.

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  1. Heidi,
    I know you caught some flak for loving WALL-E, but it was truly superb so let’s call him Andrew “WALL-E” Stanton:)
    Though having read quite a few comics of John Carter -I’m still not that up on it: but with this team I couldn’t be more excited.

  2. Oliver, to be fair, I didn’t t catch flak for loving WALL*E, I think I caught more flack for saying that anyone who didn’t love WALL*E was a heartless fool doomed to a bleak life without love or hope.

    Or something like that.

  3. I’ve got a 2 and half year old daughter who LOVES Wall-E and having watched it more times than I care to admit, I gotta agree with Heidi’s statement.

    And about the Pixar John Carter stuff… there’s a 13 year old geek in me still, and his head just exploded.

  4. Yeah. I can’t wait to see this. If done right.
    The John Carter of Mars books really influenced me in high school and to this day is one of my favorite series of all time.

    Here’s hoping the movies are great.

  5. “Oliver, to be fair, I didn’t t catch flak for loving WALL*E, I think I caught more flack for saying that anyone who didn’t love WALL*E was a heartless fool doomed to a bleak life without love or hope.”

    Funny, but I felt the same way about Bolt. I had tears in my eyes though most of the movie. The people who made that could totally do the Mars books. With WALL*E (which is not a bad movie, don’t get me wrong) I felt like they had just read a ‘how to’ book by Spielberg. I knew what was going to happen ahead of time, because it had the sent of all the standards he falls back on. Not a bad way to make a movie, but as they said in The Tale of Despereaux (which I also liked more than WALL*E… sorry) “If your going to makeada statement, makeitagoodaone.” We both know that the Mars books do that. I’m not trying to yank your chain or anything, because I know how you feel, but I’m just sayin.

  6. This should be amazing, because, honestly….I don’t know any kids who know what this is (including me) about or have any knowledge of the books.

    I think the biggest task will be for the producers and PR people. But seeing that it’s in Pixar’s hands, the outlook is good.